Michigan judge with pro-abortion ties suspends state's decades-old ban on abortions

The case revolves around a 1931 Michigan law that bans nearly all abortions.

Updated: May 18, 2022 - 12:58pm

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A Michigan judge with reported ties to pro-abortion efforts has suspended the state's dormant, decades-old ban on abortion, which means the procedure would not be illegal in the state even if the Supreme Court overturns its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that gives women the constitution right to an abortion.

Court of Claims Chief Judge Elizabeth Gleicher has previously admitted to supporting abortion rights and has donates annually to Planned Parenthood, according to the Daily Wire.

Gleicher wrote Tuesday in her opinion on the suspension that the future of Roe v. Wade remains uncertain but if it's reversed, as a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion suggests, "plaintiffs and their patients face a serious danger of irreparable harm if prevented from accessing abortion services."

Gleicher, in a letter last month, disclosed her ties to Planned Parenthood, but no party involved in the case challenged her assignment to preside over the suit, the Daily Wire also reports.

The news outlet also reports she has also been a frequent contributor to Democratic candidates and Emily's List – a influential abortion-rights, political group. 

According to the Michigan code for judicial conduct, judges are permitted to make political contributions so long as they do not endorse a candidate. 

Gleicher also represented Planned Parenthood in 1997 in a case related to the abortion ban, according to The Detroit News.